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    Coron Bay Calamian Island Group | Palawan Province Philippines
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Peter Ording 2002

Coron Bay is located between Culion Island, Busuanga Island and Coron Island in the Calamian Island Group off Palawan Island.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, used as a Japanese anchorage for warships and cargo vessels. During early September 1944, Japanese vessels moved to Coron Bay to avoid American air attacks against larger anchorages in the Philippines.

On September 21, 1944 Japanese Navy Vice-Admiral Mikawa Gunichi, Southwest Area Fleet, advises the Supreme Commander of Japanese Forces in the Southern Area, Field Marshal Count Terauchi Hisaichi to transfer all supply ships from Manila Bay southward to Coron Bay which he believed to be safer. Terauchi orders this movement. On September 22, 1944 at 3:00am, a Taihi (refugee) convoy departs Manila Bay bound for Coron Bay including Irako, Chinzei, Baikal, Taiei, Tenhi, Taiten, Olympia Maru, Ekkai and Kogyo Maru escorted by minelayer Aotaka, auxiliary subchasers Shonan Maru No. 11 and Hakko Maru, CHa-60 and CHa-61 arrive by 2pm.

On September 24, 1944 at 9:00am U. S. Navy (USN) carrier aircraft from Task Force 38 (TF-38) including USS Intrepeid (CV-11), USS Cabot CVL-28 and USS Lexington CV-16 attack eleven Japanese ships in Coron Bay.

Coron Bay is designated as National Historical Site. The Japanese shipwrecks are covered with soft coral, hard corals and teems with marine life and divable. Today, Japanese owned perl farms line the shoreline of Coron Bay.

Sunk September 24, 1944 at Coron Bay

Sunk September 24, 1944 at Coron Bay

Kogyo Maru
Sunk September 24, 1944 at Coron Bay

Olympia Maru
Sunk September 24, 1944 at Coron Bay

Kyokuzan Maru
Sunk Busuanga Island

Okikawa Maru
Sunk near Busuanga Island

Unknown Freighter (Taiei Maru)
Sunk at Coron Bay, possibly Taiei Maru

East Tangat Shipwreck
Sunk at Coron Bay off Tangat Island

Lusong Shipwreck (Gunboat or Subchaser)
Sunk at Coron Bay off Lusong Island

Skeleton Shipwreck
Unknown shipwreck beached in the northwest corner of Coron Bay

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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